China reportedly signs secret deal to station troops in Cambodia

Wall Street Journal says US officials have seen pact but Cambodian PM denies move China has signed a secret deal to allow its military troops to be stationed at a naval base in Cambodia, according to reports. The Belt and Road once sleepy seaside town of Sihanoukville, which has become a focal point of Chinese investment, with almost 100 casinos springing up in two years catering solely for Chinese visitors and a special economic zone established for Chinese companies. Chinese nationals now own more than 90% of businesses in Sihanoukville. If true, its further evidence of Cambodia falling deeper and deeper into Chinas embrace, said Sophal Ear, a prominent Cambodian political scientist. It does not come as a surprise as …